Criminal Psychology Unit
AP Psychology 12
Psychological Game
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A girl attended her mother’s funeral. On that day
she incidentally noticed a boy whom she did not
know.Soon she fell in love with him on first sight
because he was just her style…
And few days later, the girl unexpectedly killed
her sister!
After the police asked her why she did so, she
gave them an astonishing answer…
Now, please think why she killed her sister and
what is her motivation ?
What is “criminal psychology”?
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To study the psychological motivation for
the crime
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Study of the criminal
 Character
 Motivation
 Environment
The Criminal
The spiritual equipment of man/woman
 a. The natural urges or instinct
 b. Temperament
 c. Feeling or emotion
 d. The will
 e. The mind or intellect
 f. Character
Reasons for Criminal Behaviour
Mental deficiency
 Psychosis
 Psychoneurosis
 Psychopathic personality
 Sexual deviation
 Alcoholism
 Drug addiction
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Psychological and
Psychiatric
Foundations
of Criminal
Behavior
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Forensic Psychology
The application of
the science and
profession of
psychology to
questions and
issues relating to
law and the legal
system
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Forensic Psychology
Also known as
criminal
psychology
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Forensic Psychiatry
A medical
subspecialty
that applies
psychiatry to
the needs of...
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Forensic Psychiatry
…crime prevention and
solution, criminal
rehabilitation, and
issues of the
criminal law
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Psychological Theories
The
individual is
the primary
unit of
analysis
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Psychological Theories
Personality is the major
motivational element
within individuals.
It is the seat of
drives and the
source of motives
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Psychological Theories
Crimes result from abnormal,
dysfunctional, or
inappropriate mental
processes within
the personality
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Psychological Theories
Criminal behavior may
be purposeful for the
individual insofar as
it addresses
certain felt needs
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Psychological Theories
• Normality is
defined by
social consensus
• Defective mental
processes may
have a variety of
causes
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Early Psychological
Theories
• Behavioral
conditioning
• Personality
disturbances and
diseases of the mind
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The Psychopath
(Sociopath)
• Does not feel empathy
with others
• Is unable to imagine
how others think and feel
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The Psychopath
(Sociopath)
Is able to inflict pain
and engage in cruelty
without empathy for
the victim
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Antisocial Personality
• Is basically unsocialized
• Exhibits behavior
that brings him or
her into conflict
with society
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Antisocial Personality
Is incapable of significant
loyalty to individuals,
groups,
or social
values
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Personality Types
• Psychotics
• Extroverts
• Neurotics
• Introverts
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Psychoanalysis
Criminal behavior is
maladaptive, or the
product of inadequacies
inherent in the offender’s
personality
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Psychoanalysis
• The Id
• The Ego
• The Superego
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The Psychotic Offender
• Is out of touch
with reality
in some
fundamental
way
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Crime as Adaptive
Behavior
Crime is a compromise,
representing for the
individual the most
satisfactory method
of adjustment…
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Crime as Adaptive
Behavior
…to inner conflicts
which he or she
cannot express
otherwise
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Modeling Theory
People learn
how to act by
observing
others
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Behavior Theory
Behavior is determined
by environmental
consequences which
it produces for the
individual concerned
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Behavior Theory
Major determinants of
behavior are found in the
environment surrounding
the individual
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Attachment Theory
Delinquent behavior
arises whenever
non- secure
attachments are
created
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Self-Control Theory
Low self-control
is the premier
individual-level
cause of crime
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Insanity and the Law
For purposes of the
criminal law, insanity is
strictly a legal,
not a clinical,
determination
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Insanity and the Law
• M’Naughten Rule
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Insanity and the Law
•
• Guilty but mentally ill
(GBMI)
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Answer!
Because
the girl
just wanted to see
the man she loved
again !!! @_@